Terramechanics and its applications to the evaluation of terrestrial and extraterrestrial vehicle mobility: theory into practice

This paper traces the development of terramechanics - the study of the mechanics of vehicle–terrain interaction that provides the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour of a vehicle operating on unprepared terrain. It highlights the development of computer–aided methods for performance and design evaluation of tracked and off–road wheeled vehicles, based on the principles of terramechanics. Examples of the applications of these computer–aided methods to guiding the development and design of off–road vehicles on earth, as well as the evaluation of the performance of rovers for exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond, are presented. These signify that results of research on terramechanics have been put into engineering practice in enhancing the development of terrestrial and extraterrestrial vehicles. Prospects for further development of terramechanics, as well as challenges and opportunities in the field, are reviewed.


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  • Accession Number: 01533004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 28 2014 10:07AM